Author: Andrei Nesterov

Russian MiniLesson: A Trip to the Gym in Russian

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing an annotated, simplified Russian text for intermediate students of Russian. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Я хочу быть сильным и иметь хорошую фигуру. А чтобы , нужно регулярно тренироваться. Поэтому я , 2-3 раза в неделю, и […]

Russian MiniLessons: Social Media

There are many different things you can do on . One of the first things you do when creating a social media account is to set your , then and . When you meet someone new, you may want to on Facebook or ВК, or on . On the other hand, if you’ve lost touch […]

Russian MiniLessons: Talk About Music

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Much of Russia’s modern music language is related to English. For example, the names of most genres can be directly translated: , , , , and even […]

Russian MiniLessons: Introduction to Gyms in Eurasia

The in Russia can also be called, colloquially, “качалка.” “Качалка” is derived from the Russian verb .  However, “качать” can also mean “to pump” or “to exercise” – as in ““. Gyms are becoming more and more popular among Russians. Moscow has plenty of gyms at different prices, but other big cities, such as Yekaterinburg, […]

Russian MiniLesson: Gaining and Losing Weight

Many words referring to being overweight have positive lexical connotations in Russian. Before the revolution, only the well-to-do could afford enough food to grow plump, and thus it was a sign of success. Throughout Soviet times, the ideal woman was usually presented as a stout working woman. To this day, being heavy remains much less […]

Russian MiniLessons: Out of the Mouths of Babes Humor

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation.  is a popular genre of humor in Russia. It usually consists of a list of “one-liners,” which rely on words with double-meanings, illogically juxtaposed sentences, misused words […]

Russian MiniLessons: 15 Russian Tongue Twisters

Poetry and tounge twisters can be a great way to improve both your vocabularly and pronounciation in Russian! In Russian, tounge twisters are known as as “скороговорки” (which means something like “fast-sayings”). Below are several скороговорки that are fairly well known in Russia and are often used for “training the tounge.” 1. На горке горько ревет Егорка. […]

Russian MiniLessons: Russian Bummers

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Russian has many phrases that describe disagreeable situations. For example, “сесть в лужу/галошу” literally means “to sit in a puddle/galoshes” and most often describes a situation where one […]

Russian MiniLessons: Girl Talk

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Russian has several words related to “девушка” which can all mean “girl” with varying connotations. For example, “девочка”, a diminutive form, would indicate a very young girl. […]